Fresh Almond Valley application submitted due to planning anomaly

SavillsDevelopers behind a plan to build 1,400 homes, a primary school and leisure features to the west of Perth have been forced to withdraw the initial application due to a “procedural” planning issue.

The Almond Valley project was to be built on land between Ruthvenfield and Huntingtowerfield but minor boundary issues have slightly stalled progress.

The Pilkington Trust has now lodged a fresh application.

The resubmission means that residents and businesses who have already submitted comments on the plan will have to re-submit these within the new consultation period, which has now been extended to August 15.

Agents Savills, who act for the trust, said the minor boundary issues do not affect the overall plans for the site.

Alastair Wood, director of planning at Savills, told The Courier: “A procedural issue was brought to our attention which we had to address, as we obviously want to make sure the application is as accurate as possible.

“It was therefore agreed with Perth and Kinross Council that we would withdraw the original plans and re-submit the updated ones.

“As a result of this, the consultation period was extended for an additional 28 days.”

He added: “Anybody who has already submitted comments should re-submit these within the new consultation period.”

Mr Wood said all comments received are being given careful consideration, and a newsletter responding to the most frequently asked questions will be distributed to the community in the next few days.

“We’re making every effort to listen to the community and are committed to ensuring all parties with a formal interest in the development have sufficient opportunity to comment,” he added.

“Some issues that have been raised will be addressed properly further into the process at the detailed design stage, if the planning application is approved by the council.”

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